More than 80 state schools in England have no white British pupils, Government figures show.
The number of such schools appears to have more than doubled over the past five years, and the findings will fuel concerns that some parts of the country are becoming increasingly segregated. The new figures follow research showing that White Britons are retreating from areas dominated by ethnic minorities, to be replaced by immigrants and other ethnic minorities. Critics said that the previous Labour Government’s ‘open-door’ immigration policy had created ‘huge’ problems for integration, which was now threatening the country’s social cohesion.
The Department for Education figures, revealed in a Freedom of Information request, show that 84 schools recorded last year that no pupils on their rolls were White British. Of those, 67 are primaries, eight secondary and the remainder special or pupil referral units.
The statistics, derived from the annual school census, found that the highest concentration is in Birmingham, with 22 such schools, followed by Oldham with eight, Leicester with seven and the London borough of Tower Hamlets with six.
Other local authority areas in which there are at least two schools with no White British pupils include Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Lancashire, Rochdale, Surrey, Walsall and Worcester, as well as the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Other local authority areas in which there are at least two schools with no White British pupils include Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Lancashire, Rochdale, Surrey, Walsall and Worcester, as well as the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, and Southwark. The schools, which were not named, are likely to include England’s 11 state Muslim schools, three state Sikh schools and one state Hindu school.
One school that is understood to have no White British pupils is Gladstone Primary in Peterborough, which is dominated by students from the Punjab, with smaller groups from Afghanistan and Lithuania. None of its 440 pupils has English as a first language.
In 2008, the Department of Education said there were 31 state schools that had recorded no White children on their rolls – including children of White migrants.
Migration-Watch’s Sir Andrew Green said: ‘This is yet another indication of the huge impact of The Labour Party`s mass migration policies on our society ‘The result of three million immigrants in ten years has created a huge problem for integration of the newcomers. Obviously, if there are no children of the host community in a school, the prospects of integration are close to zero ‘In the longer term, this is bound to effect the cohesion of our society as a whole.’
The new figures follow a study published earlier this month by the Left-leaning think tank Demos which showed White Britons are moving out of areas where they are in a minority at the same time as the ethnic minority population was growing.
The study said that 45 per cent of ethnic minorities in England and Wales, about four million people, live in areas where less than half the population is White British.
Demos director David Goodhart said the number of schools with no White British pupils was ‘depressingly high’ because it suggested there must be many others where the proportion of such pupils was tiny.